Mango Madness

When it comes to prepping, you have to be reasonable and go with what works best in your region. I love Mangoes but realistically they just don’t do well where I’m from. Luckily for me, they do grow in Florida, and a friend of mine, Pete Gandolfo happens to have a great Mango tree and shared information about them for us, in case you live in an area that Mango trees grow well.

Mangoes are a juicy stone fruit that belongs to the cashew family.

Mango trees grow anywhere from 115–131 feet tall, with a crown radius of 33 feet. The trees are long-lived, as some specimens still fruit after 300 years.

Classified as drupes, mangos vary in shape (nearly round, oval, ovoid-oblong), size, and color depending upon the variety. Mangos may be greenish, greenish-yellow, yellow, red, orange, or purple and weigh from a few ounces to more than 5 pounds (2.3 kg). The skin is smooth and leathery, surrounding the fleshy, pale-yellow to deep-orange edible portion. The fruits possess a single large, flattened, kidney-shaped seed that is enclosed in a woody husk.


Mangos have been cultivated in Asian for 1000s of years. They eventually made their way to East Africa and then to Brazil, Bermuda, and Mexico.

Nowadays they grow in most frost-free tropical or warmer subtropical climates.

In general, mangos in Florida should be planted in the warmest areas of the state, i.e., along with the southeast and southwest coasts.

In Florida, mangos bloom from December to April depending upon climatic conditions and variety. Pollination is by various insects such as thrips, flies, and, to a small extent, honey bees.

So why grow mangos? Well, besides the fact that they taste great, the fruit has more than 20 vitamins and nutrients. Mangos are a superfood and a cup of mangos is just 100 calories, so its a healthy, sweet treat.

Mangos are a wonderful addition to salads, along with other fruits such as mandarin oranges, grapes, apples, and pineapples. Impressive amounts of vitamin C, vitamin A, and flavonoids like betacarotene, alphacarotene and beta-cryptoxanthin in mangos help provide benefits, such as healthy immune function, normal blood pressure, good vision and strong bones, plus added protection from lung, mouth, colon, breast and prostate cancers, leukemia, and stroke. Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) produces hormones in your brain.



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